Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wood Framing Rafter+ – “Wood Rafter Systems for Any Geometry”

From the AGACAD website:

Wood Rafter Systems in Revit® for Any Geometry

Wood Framing Rafter+ lets you quickly create full rafter systems in Revit® models for timber frame roofs of any shape or complexity. Custom-framing functions and versatile schedule generation further accelerate BIM workflow. No more drafting – you just design and decide. 

  • Frame an entire roof based on its 3D model including hip/valley rafters, ridges, girders, collars, battens, horizontal beams, sleepers, trimmers, etc. 
  • Auto-detect and frame roof openings; cope ends of existing beams
  • Freely revise your Revit® model; update and adapt rafters and beam systems 
  • Get real-time take-offs and auto-sorting

Client Story: THORSON BAKER & ASSOCIATES (TBA): “AGACAD software has given substance to our models”

Compatible with BIM software Autodesk® Revit®, Revit® Architecture, Revit® Structure, and Building Design Suite.

Ideal for architects, structural engineers, and manufacturers of timber houses and other wood constructions.

Part of the AGACAD Wood Framing Suite, a dynamic set of solutions which leverage the full potential of Revit and the insights of global BIM experts. Also available separately.

Selected additional Wood Framing Rafter+ features:

Easy control of vertical distance of collar and girder beams

Full control of birdsmouth joint parameters, cutting of existing rafters

Extension/trimming of beams, splitting/recreation of beam systems

Frame elements are easily grouped, sorted and renumbered

Perform static analysis in Revit or export analytic model to structural analysis software

All templates and rules fully customizable; popular schedule templates included

Configurations save as templates for future reuse with just one click

Built-in clash detection; works well with Cut Opening

User-friendly interface with intuitive mouse-driven menus and options

Optional CNC output (Hundegger, Randek, Weinmann, ...) to joinery machines and multi panels production lines enables your model data to be automatically exported to manufacturing

Developed in compliance with standards and guidelines:
  • Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures – Part 1-1: General – Common rules and rules for buildings (EN 1995-1-1:2004: E)
  • Standards Australia AS 1684.2-2010 Residential timber-framed construction
  • Standards Australia AS 1720.1-2010 Timber structures - Design methods
  • New Zealand Standard NZS 3604:2011 / Timber Framed Buildings
  • CWC (Canadian Wood Council) Wood Design Manual including CSA O86 Standard and CWC Commentary on CSA O86 (2010).
  • National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction (NDS 2015). American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA). American Wood Council, Washington DC, 2015.
  • The Encyclopedia of Trusses. Alpine Engineered Products, Inc., 2003.
  • Truss Design Procedures and Specifications for Light Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses / TPIC – 2014. Truss Plate Institute of Canada (TPIC), 2014.
  • Using Narrow Pieces of Wood Structural Panel Sheathing in Wood Shear Walls. American Plywood Association (APA), The Engineered Wood Association, Tacoma, Washington, 2005.

  • Fast, Simple and Powerful Modeling. Easy-to-use tools allow you to automatically create beam systems for all roof slopes together and complete the framing of any roof shape.
  • Reduction of Errors. Increased quality in all framing projects created in Revit.
  • Better Productivity. Dramatically increase your productivity by easily creating complex wood framing geometry.


"Truss+ and Rafter+ are my favorite Revit add-ons. They save me 10-40% of my working time depending on the complexity of the roof. I have tried other third part Revit add-ons, but most have not saved any time and did not proved to be a great help. In my experience these Tools4Revit add-ons are mainly nice and most useful Revit apps."

- Heiner Dillmann, Owner of Müller & Neumeister, South Africa.

“Of the one which I am now using daily: Sort & Cope is sensational. The tool allows you to adjust the coping on beam to beam or beam to column attachments very easily indeed. For me it’s a great tool. Dynamic Legends - this was one of the tools I was really keen on. I now provide graphical schedules for pretty much anything I schedule - love this tool. Quick Dimensions - quite good at speeding up the dimensioning of face of walls - opening - grids etc. Rafter+ - this was another tool that I was really interested in. Which’s pretty much perfect for my needs. Quite quick to frame a whole roof, has a couple of issues with rafters on one side of a ridge not aligning to the opposite rafter, making the collar ties a little bit more work to do - very good indeed. Truss+ - pretty much the same comment for Rafter+. All in all, I am happy with the tools. They seem to be robust and haven't caused any problems in Revit itself that I am aware of.”

- Ian Kidston, Owner of All Extension Design Service, Australia.

I think Rafter+ is pretty simple to use and can be very helpful. It saves a lot of time creating roof framing plans; with the advantage of creating take-offs immediately.

- Francisco Contreras Chaves, CEO and Architect at CINCO, Chile.

Wood Framing Rafter+ is brought to you by AGACAD. Pricing was not known at press time.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2018, 2017, and 2016.

There's more information available on the AGACAD website.

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